Tucked into the Texas Hill Country but only 20 minutes from downtown Austin, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers a verdant setting that only feels remote. Currently undergoing a more than $150 million expansion, the new Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa goes beyond a typical renovation — it’s an evolution of the entire experience.
Upon completion in May 2019, the resort will unveil:
- Seven new restaurants and lounges.
- Signature Mokara Spa.
- New resort tower that adds 180 rooms to the 309-room resort.
- Redesigned guest rooms.
- New lobby.
- Extensive poolscape.
- New conference center and ballroom.
- New event pavilion.
- Total of 76,192 square feet of meeting space — 23,955 of which is outdoor.
- New golf clubhouse.
- Expansive golf course renovations.
- New tennis complex.
All this will offer an unforgettable setting to create a successful and genuine Hill Country experience.
A Setting That Blends the Indoors and Outdoors
Throughout the resort, the natural beauty of the outdoors is infused into every detail, from the delicate light fixture behind the front desk that mimics the magic of fireflies to the subtle pattern of local botanicals in the carpet. The most impressive element of the resort’s design is that it’s always directing your gaze to the expansive, awe-inspiring view of the Texas Hill Country.
Forget wallpaper and sconces. The backdrop to your next event could be white clouds gliding over the sweeping west Austin landscape, as rays of sun gently pepper the rolling hills.
“We wanted every single new meeting room that we’re building to have windows, as a way to include the outdoors. We could have stacked the meeting rooms in a way that consolidated the space, but we chose to elongate it specifically because of our commitment to enhancing the spirit of the place,” says Laura McKoy, creative director and vice president of interior design for Omni Hotels & Resorts.
World-Class Golf Curated by World-Class Hosts
Omni Barton Creek Resort knows the secret to an amazing event is masterful service. And few have more firsthand experience in delivering that than Phillip Marburger, director of golf for more than two decades.
With four championship courses, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is an obvious choice for groups with an interest in golf. The newly renovated Fazio Foothills course, which is surrounded by beautiful landscaping and a waterfall, epitomizes Tom Fazio’s risk vs. reward style of play for which his designs are best known.
“The reason I came to Barton Creek is because this place is so special. People ooh and aah over the course. To work day in and day out where you can see how impressed people are by your ‘office’ is a very special thing,” Marburger says.
Whether your group’s priority is a relationship-building experience or a world-class challenge on the course, Marburger and his team know how to pull it off without a hitch. Some groups have a clear vision and low handicap, but when there’s a group with a wide spectrum of player skill levels, it creates great opportunities for creativity.
That’s when it’s crucial to have a partner who’s nimble, flexible and inventive.Marburger’s team has crafted unique team-building events, including an indoor short game in the clubhouse ballroom and a strategic and unconventional game on the course that limits the best player to a single club or lets the less experienced players perform a throw instead of a swing.
Go Beyond ‘Out of the Box’ and Take Meetings Outdoors
Meeting planners know that one of the most challenging components of any event is to make each one feel fresh and unlike any other. That’s why Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa specializes in creating custom, breathtaking events that combine elevated service with themes, spectacles, and food and beverage options that are anything but expected.
One such event — a stargazing experience — showed attendees firsthand the inspiration of the song lyrics, “The stars at night are big and bright / Deep in the heart of Texas.” During a tour of the stars guided by a professor of astronomy, guests learned about constellations while sipping on cocktails and enjoying light bites. The new event lawn will provide a secluded, comfortable space to take in the majesty of unobstructed starlight.
A True Taste of Austin
Read any list ranking the top food cities in America, and chances are Austin will be right at the top. When hosting an event in a city as known for its food as ATX, giving attendees a true taste of the Hill Country’s signature fare is a must. At Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, the chef frequently flexes the menu to infuse the essence of Austin into every flavor. A build-your-own street taco station, house-smoked pork marinated in local beer, and elevated chimichangas are just a few of the savory delights that have been custom-crafted for clients.
Hill Country Hideaway With Metropolitan Convenience
Just minutes from downtown Austin, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers an accessible yet secluded view, where the natural beauty of rolling hills surrounds you in a sweeping, all-encompassing way. Experience it for your next event, and discover a feeling that’s connected to both the pure, natural spirit of the landscape and the immeasurable comfort of impeccable service.